For 35 years, Public Art Saint Paul (PASP) has placed artists in leading roles to shape public spaces, improve city systems, and deepen civic engagement. As a national leader in public art practice, PASP works with artists, neighbors, city staff and officials, organizations, and businesses to envision and build 21st-century cities that are just, sustainable, and beautiful.
PASP is recognized for leading public art in new directions, taking cues from artists, communities, and City collaborators. Its accomplishments include the City Artist Program with artists collaborating with City staff to create a vibrant and responsive City, giving birth to the beloved Sidewalk Poetry Program, Pop Up Meeting, Urban Flower Field, and city-wide small public art along city streets.
In summer 2023, Public Art Saint Paul (PASP) and its organizational partners will present the inaugural Wakpa Triennial Art Festival in the Twin Cities. Newly commissioned artworks by more than 30 Minnesota artists, coupled with public programs and tours featuring additional artists, writers, performers, and cultural commentators, will lead viewers to places they may not have known before or will see anew through the eyes of artists. The Wakpa Triennial will offer opportunities for friends and families to experience and to learn more about people, place, neighborhood, land, water, plants, and how these are related.